Over 400 people become victims of various criminal activities in the Capital every day, latest police statistics show. A quarter of these people fall victim to street crime such as snatching and robbery.
Of the daily average of 433 victims, 103 are those affected by street crimes, as per the statistics.
Also, in the past ten months, the city has witnessed a staggering surge in registration of criminal cases.
So far around 1.3 lakh cases have been registered this year which is almost double the number of cases registered during the corresponding period last year.
Though, the top brass of the force attribute the surge in registration of cases to their ‘free-FIR registration’ policy, former Delhi police commissioners believed that the rise in crime figures actually highlighted the actual ground realities.
The total number of IPC cases reported in Delhi till November 9 this year is 1,29,858. During the corresponding period in 2013, a total of 63,169 IPC cases only had been reported to the Delhi police. The number stood at 54,287 in 2012, while in 2011 it was 53,353.
Cases of street crime such as robbery, snatching, and vehicle thefts had increased by 513%, 137%, and 61% respectively, according to the statistics. Similarly, other crimes like dacoity, riot and kidnapping for ransom had gone up by 240%, 38% and 52% respectively.
Other serious cases like murder and attempt to murder had witnessed an increase of 18 % and 36%.
Besides witnessing an upward trend in cases of robbery and snatching, the police also reported a sharp rise in cases of burglary and thefts.
According to official statistics, a total of 8,488 cases of burglary had been reported till November 9 this year, a whopping 337% jump when compared to last year (1,938 cases).
Senior Delhi police officers attributed the rise in the crime graph to various factors — like rapid urbanisation and socio-economic imbalances.
They claimed that the special measures taken by them and the government asking people to come forward and lodge complaints freely has yielded significant results.
“Now that we are aware of the actual crime scenario in Delhi, our prime focus is to come out with measures to control the crime and provide relief to victims. Putting up barricades at strategic points, is among one of the many initiatives, taken by us to check the rising number of street crimes,” said Deepak Mishra, special commissioner of police (Law and Order).
Delhi Police also hopes that the presence of around 900 Police Control Room (PCR) vehicles, 370 of which have been added recently, on the streets acts as a deterrent for criminals.